In the minutes - GARFIELD COUNTY

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Commissioners are Dean Burton, Wynne McCabe and Robert Johnson. With all present Monday commissioners:

  • ROAD RALLY: Discussed Wild West Road Rally with Alesia Ruchert of Southeast Washington Economic Development Association. Ruchert recently learned the Wild West Road Rally's organizers are not currently sanctioned by national organizations, and the event scheduled in September has been cancelled. Without the support of the larger organizations, Wild West would have to carry $5 million in liability insurance.

  • ROADS: Learned crews are getting ready for striping. Chip sealing is complete, and crews are also removing brush along county roads.

  • COURTHOUSE: Approved $42,698 payment to Wellens Farwell Construction for Courthouse renovation project.

  • WOLVES: Discussed letter presented in Okanogan County asking the director of state Department of Fish and Wildlife to delist the gray wolf as an endangered species. Rancher Sam Ledgerwood asked commissioners if they would be interested in submitting a similar letter. Commissioners said they would want to see a resolution from another county and to other information before discussing it further.

  • PUBLIC HEALTH: Voted to continue contract with health director Dr. Tim Moody, who recently moved to California. Unanimous. Learned the Susan G. Komen Walk June 23 was very successful.

  • OBESITY: Learned childhood obesity rates in Garfield County are very similar to state percentages.


  • FINANCE COMMITTEE: Met with Auditor Donna Deal and Treasurer Karen Roosevelt to discuss budget status. They learned fund balances are healthy, but investments are not earning interest.

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